A poem present


T’was the night before Christmas when my column would be read,

And no good ideas bounced inside my head.

Here at my keyboard, I looked for inspiration,

But as the minutes passed, so grew my frustration.


I had stories to type and needed sleep too,

But if I miss deadline my next job might be the zoo.

Speaking of this paper, it’s a great edition

I hope you like the stories, none of them are fiction.


Back to my topic – this holiday season,

Not to sound preachy, but Jesus is the reason.

Christmas hymns by candlelight,

Imagine the manger scene on that holy night.


In the city streets holiday cheer fills the air,

But there’s no more time for Santa, he has left his chair.

Its vacation time and students on break from school,

Bundle up when you’re sledding, the weather will be cool.


From Reynolds to neighborhoods, the lights are all a glow,

Create holiday memories touring them through the snow.

We’ve seen decorations, ice sculptures and tree lightings,

There’s so much to do, you don’t want to miss the sightings.


I look forward to Christmas morning unwrapping all the presents,

With a 2-year-old girl, all that wrapping will soon be remnants.

I know she’ll be surprised with the items under the tree,

Santa may have a gift or two I think my wife will like to see.


Working for this paper, I consider it a blessing,

But this city is so busy, I could use a resting.

Meetings, events and many folks to see,

A practical gift might be a clone of me.


I hope you have time for loved ones and extended family,

Although Christmas can be hectic, I hope you enjoy it like me.

One more line, I’ll plagiarize, it only seems right,

Merry Christmas to all and too all a good night!

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